CAIRO, Egypt — A day after giving birth to septuplets, a 27-year-old Egyptian woman said Sunday she has only seen her babies on television and hopes to hold them and name them soon.
Ghazala Khamis was still hospitalized after giving birth a day earlier to four boys and three girls. She said she is "very anxious to see them" and to breast-feed at least some of them.
"I saw them on TV. They are very cute," she said from her hospital bed in the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria.
"I am just waiting to hold them in my arms and breast-feed them," she said in a weak voice. "I don't know if I can do it to all, but I will try."
Her husband and other relatives are brainstorming names, said Khamis, who took fertility drugs to conceive in an effort to produce a son. She is already the mother of three girls, ages 7 to 11.
The newborns weigh 2.3 to 4 pounds each and were being kept in incubators but appear to be healthy, said Dr. Emad Darwish, who delivered the babies Saturday at El-Shatbi Hospital. A caesarean was performed at the end of the eighth month of pregnancy due to pressure on her kidneys.
The babies' father is a farm worker who earns about $4 a day when he is employed, which is usually only a day or two each week, said Khamis' brother, whose name is Khamis Khamis.
He said Egypt's health minister has promised to give the babies free milk and diapers for two years, but the family is still worried about the long-term financial burden of feeding and taking care of 10 children.